Lingnan University and Ahmedabad University are jointly organising a China and Regional Studies Webinar Series in 2022. The series taps into the topical nature of China and India relations and the experiences of the two countries in key areas that can be fruitfully compared. The webinar series is designed to disseminate and explore the intellectual potential of research fields for future collaboration. The topics include youth aspirations, urban development, cultural practice, and the political economy of gender.
* A webinar link will be provided before each seminar.
Topic:Beyond ‘Time pass’ and ‘Dream Zones’: Youth aspirations and innovations in skill development in Gujarat, India
This talk will examine how lower middle-class youth with limited education and cultural capital cope with conditions of economic precarity in the post-liberalisation Indian economy. What are the factors that influence aspirations for social mobility and skill development in the informal economy? What role do caste and community networks play in youth embrace of new skills and occupations? I examine these questions through a focus on the unique occupational trajectories of pastoralist or maldhari youth in the western Indian state of Gujarat. I draw on analysis of maldhari popular culture reflected in songs and music videos on social media, interviews of youth, elders and activists and participant observation in maldhari community gatherings.
Topic:“Involution” and “Lying Flat”: Examining Chinese Youths’ Career Struggles from the Perspective of Higher Education Massification
“Involution” and “lying flat” have been two prevailing words among Chinese youths to describe their struggles in the unnecessary over-competition and the give-up for the competition. Many reasons regarding China’s economy, society, and culture are behind these two phenomena, and this talk will take an angle of China’s higher education development. Particularly, this talk will examine how the massification of China’s higher education since the 1999 expansion shapes Chinese youths’ career struggles. I hope this talk can bring more ideas for future research studies on this topic.